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Lerwick lifeboat assists with clifftop incident

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Lerwick Lifeboat was tasked tonight by UK Coastguard to assist with a rescue of a clifftop casualty


Lerwick lifeboat returns to Lerwick Harbour

The lifeboat launched within minutes of being paged just before 7pm, with the crew already having assembled for a training exercise this evening. The crew were asked to locate an adult female who needed assistance on the cliffs at The Knab, on the south side of Lerwick.

The lifeboat was soon at the scene of the incident and quickly located the casualty who was in a precarious position near a high point of the cliffs. Crew were able to guide other emergency services to her location, while the lifeboat deployed the inflatable ‘Y-boat’ on the water as a precaution.

The casualty was recovered from the clifftop by Coastguard Rescue Teams using rope rescue equipment, into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station around 8.30pm.

Sea conditions were slight, with light northerly winds and some low cloud.

Darren Harcus, Coxswain said: “Our volunteer crew responded quickly to the call to launch and locate the casualty, and support other emergency services colleagues. We’re pleased to see that there was a good outcome to this incident with the casualty safely recovered for medical treatment.”

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